On Apr 5, 7:32am, Dan Henrich wrote:
> Subject: Re: Internet influence on rural development
> In a message dated 96-04-05 01:15:39 EST, you write:
> >How might the Internet better help rural
> >Africans communicate locally as well as internationally?
> Are you serious? Most of rural Africa has no electricity, much less phone
>-- End of excerpt from Dan Henrich
I find it hard to believe that anyone responding to that question unable to
understand alternate methods to wire-based strategies.
First of all, microwave links are being implemented to forego the costly
investments involved with wiring Africa. In fact the school of thought goes
that it may be a blessing in disguise that Africa has not invested millions in
cable only to migrate later to wireless strategies. The development of
satellite transmissions with terrestrial VSAT terminals is slow, but shows lots
Secondly, there are means of using solar energy in as a source of power for the
African infrastruture. The advent of solar products (i.e. television and video
sets) are coming to the market in countries like Zambia. Obviously, solar
solutions have a long way to go, but we all agree that Africa has no shortage
of this type of energy.
I would like to refer AFRIK-ITers to a very useful article titled, Africa's
Survival Plan for Meeting the Challenges of Information Technology in the 1990s
and Beyond," by Saul F. C. Zulu in Libri, 44 (1), 77-94. He details the
problems of IT in Africa, but more importantly, he presents a framework for
Yes, Africa can definitely benefit from Internet use in the areas of
agriculture, health and education. However, it will take a concerted effort by
those who understand the intricacies of the political, economic, cultural,
legal and infrastructural variables.
Clark Atlanta University
Atlanta, GA 30314